Dec. 11 PCFYI: Mandating masks and expanding testing,

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Newsletter 2

Dec. 11, 2020 - Volume 5, No. 18

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Public Health Advisory mandates mask wearing

To address the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 4 approved a Resolution that strengthens the County's public health response.

The Resolution requires everyone to wear masks or face coverings when in public and cannot easily maintain a continuous distance of at least six feet from others. The Resolution also mandates businesses require customers to wear masks.

Violations of the Resolution are enforced as a civil infraction with a fine. Individual violators face a $50 fine and businesses face a $500 fine and possible loss of permit or license to operate.



Additional COVID testing, expanded hours offered

Getting a COVID-19 test has never been easier.Through partnerships with Arizona State University, the City of Tucson, Accu Reference Labs, and Paradigm Labs, the County is offering multiple testing sites, including walk-up and drive-thru; with or without appointment; nasal swab or saliva; and all provide results in 3-5 days.

Some current sites have expanded their hours. And the city of Tucson is offering free tests at several sites around town through December.


ME's office

Inside Pima County takes you inside the Medical Examiner’s office

The Pima County Medical Examiner plays a unique role in helping us understand some of the complexities surrounding life and death in our community.

Our roving reporter Patrick Robles in the latest edition of "Inside Pima County" sits down with the County's chief medical examiner who explains the work and mission of his office.


Green Geek

Got questions? Ask Pima County’s Green Geek

Wondering how to have a more eco-friendly holiday this year? Looking for New Year's resolutions that will help the planet? And what is the story on the city's glass recycling program?

Ask the Green Geek.

Pima County FYI has a monthly column featuring questions and answers on all things green. Our own Green Geek gets assistance on answering your questions from the sustainability experts in Pima County's Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Send your questions to And look for the column the second Friday of each month.


Tucson Mountain Park

Enchanted Hills trail gets upgrade

The trailhead at Enchanted Hills Trails Park, 3280 W. 36th St., will be closed Friday, Dec. 11, through noon Saturday, Dec. 12. After noon on the 12th, members of the public can check out all the upgrades to the trail, located on the eastern foothills of Tucson Mountain Park.

Trails Parks are a relatively new category of parks in Pima County. Trails Parks are a key step between the parks and pathways that exist in more urban areas and the trail systems in our rural mountain parks, which take more time to access. The Painted Hills Trails Park is a “happy medium” that provides natural-surface trails close to where people live and work.


grease collection

Grease is the word

Don’t pour the grease and drippings from your holiday cooking down the drain. Instead, store your fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in containers and bring it to the 16th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event Jan. 9.

Collections will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six locations around Pima County, thanks to a partnership with the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and Grecycle, the Town of Sahuarita, Jacobs, and Gold Star Pumping.


Fish survey

Supervisors direct County to develop conservation lands policy

County taxpayers understand the need to protect the unique Sonoran Desert landscape that surrounds the community.

Through Pima County’s bond program and other conservation measures, the public has authorized the County to purchase thousands of acres of wilderness, riparian, and ranch areas. These lands require active stewardship, which the County has an obligation to manage.

It is with this obligation in mind that the Pima County Board of Supervisors directed the County Administrator on Dec. 1 to develop a coordinated Conservation Lands Policy to protect these taxpayer assets.


helping hands

Library offering new virtual volunteer opportunities for teens

The Pima County Public Library is inviting teens, ages 14 to 18, to participate as a Library Virtual Volunteer. Teens will work with other teens and librarian mentors on meaningful projects from their homes.

The current project are Encouragement Cards.